Afghan Defence Minister visits Royal Military AcademyBy Hugh Fort
March 01, 2013
Staff at Sandhurst's famous military academy welcomed a special guest this week.
Afghanistan's defence minister, Bismillah Mohammadi visited the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as part of a three-day visit to the UK.
In his visit to Sandhurst, on Tuesday, February 26, he saw the training delivered to cadets, including a number of Afghans, and was able to discuss his country's own plans to develop a military academy based on the Sandhurst model.
After leaving Sandhurst Mr Mohammadi went on to meet Secretary of State for Defence Phillip Hammond, Foreign Secretary William Hague, Armed Forces Minister Andrew Robathan and Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards.
The Afghan Officer Academy will be in Qargha near Kabul and will involve a number of British miliary advisors.
It is currently being built and once-operational will have the capacity to train 1,350 male students and 150 female students every year.